Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (0910P42)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Education

Passed: 04/02/2014 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • That the University's 2010-2015 draft strategy states: "recognising our social responsibility...we will engage with government, business and the media to significantly increase the influence and impact of our activities on...global challenges facing society."    T
  • That one third of the world's population lacks access to essential medicines and health-related           innovations, resulting in 10 million deaths per year from treatable diseases (Habiyabere, 1998)
  •  That a major reason for lack of access is the high price of health-related innovations, largely resulting from patent enforcement, which makes these less affordable in lower-income countries (CIPR, 2002)
  • That the University of Southampton is engaged in cutting-edge research across many academic schools, which has a potential impact upon the social, biological and economic determinants of health in these countries 
  • That the University of Southampton is part of the Russell Group, an association of the 20 leading UK universities which collectively attract 2/3 of government research funding
  • That the University's Research & Innovation Services negotiate the terms by which its discoveries are licensed to commercial partners
  • hat a multidisciplinary group of students, named Universities Allied for Essential Medicines Southampton (UAEM Southampton) are in conversation with Research & Innovations Services and other University groups with a view to developing University licensing policy which addresses the problem of access to medicines
  • That the University of Southampton is well placed to help close the gap in access to medicines between higher and lower income countries by addressing the high price of health-related innovations in its licensing procedures 
  • That, as a member of the Russell Group, the University has the potential to play a catalytic role in widespread adoption of such practice 
  • That this would significantly contribute to achieving the goals and vision of the new University strategy 
  • That an improvement in the University's ethical profile would reflect well on its graduates and invite specific funding for research departments and studentships 
  • That a change in University policy would empower students to engage more with the University on ethical issues
  • To support UAEM Southampton, the student body working with the University to address this issue 
  • To mandate the Environment and Ethics Coordinator to work with the Vice President Welfare & Societies, to support UAEM 
  • For the Vice President Welfare & Societies to review this policy by April 2011 and decide if any amendments are needed
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy